Sarcococca hookeriana Ghorepani is an apparently unassuming, evergreen shrub with an upright habit, and narrow, lance-shaped, glossy leaves, but it comes into its own in the winter. Pretty, but inconspicuous white flowers appear in December with a remarkably strong and lovely fragrance.
Plant close to an entrance or along a path to best appreciate the scent; S. hookeriana Ghorepani also works well in pots. The flowers form attractive (inedible) berries which will stay on the branches until spring. Tough and reliable, this obliging evergreen shrub also copes well with dry shade and urban pollution.
Also called Himalayan Sweet Box, this variety is named after a district in northern Nepal (where it is indigenous) with a view of Annapurna.
Common Name: Himalayan Sweet Box
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 50-100cm x 50-100cm, after 5–10 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any moderately fertile moist but well-drained soil
Aspect: Any aspect, in a sheltered position
Position: Partial shade / Full shade
Flowering Period: December – March
Care: Prune in April or May, after flowering, and mulch